Ploughcroft restore school’s historic roof

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Brighouse-based construction company Ploughcroft has upgraded the 164-year-old roof at the William Henry Smith School, a residential special school, to preserve the building and make it more energy efficient.

The company have restored the roof of the school’s Newton building to its original glory and installed state-of-the-art insulation.

These measures will help reduce heat loss through the roof by up to 75 per cent and in turn will help to make significant savings on heating costs.

Caroline Booth, Business Manager at William Henry Smith School said: “There is a lot of history behind our school and maintaining the buildings is important to the efficient running and management of the complex.

“Refurbishing the roof is an important aspect of our Planned Maintenance Strategy and the additional insulation energy savings that we can reinvest back into our school.”

Chris Hopkins, Managing Director at Ploughcroft, commented: “Being a Brighouse-based business ourselves, we’re delighted to be working with William Henry Smith School.

“We are proud to play a part in helping maintain a building that has such an interesting local history, and the project was the opportunity to combine our two passions; heritage work, and eco roofing.

“The school plays such an important role in our community today and the building’s upkeep is essential for this to continue”.

William Henry Smith School dates back to 1850, and was originally built as a family residence before being used as a hospital during World War One, where it treated more than 1,970 patients.

In 1916 the estate was bought by William Smith, the first Mayor of Brighouse, who created the Smith Foundation Trust and set it up as an orphanage. In 1922 on Smith’s death, the estate was left to the Trust.

Following the Second World War plans were put into place to convert the orphanage into a special school.

Today, the school helps to support boys aged eight to 16 who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.